Summit for Parkinson's Non-Profit
Summit for Parkinson’s is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to facilitate programs for Parkinson’s patients, caregivers, friends and family, that give tools and resources to help them live their lives to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease. We are dedicated to bringing people together to help and inspire each other. Our organization provides educational opportunities through speaking events, workshops, classes and special events that highlight several important aspects to living a fulfilled life with Parkinson’s disease: health, physical activity and the arts. We are also working to start a statewide advocacy program to connect Parkinson’s patients and caregivers with each other, and help guide them toward resources available to them in their area and on the internet.
Tree of Resilience
Montana artists, Carolyn Maier and Hadley Ferguson, are working as one on this installation. Maier and Ferguson began their conceptual design of this collaborative project over a year ago and describe its development as nothing less than serendipitous. This interactive exhibition draws from deeply personal and inspiring stories from the artists’ own lives. Maier’s childhood friend and mentor lived with Parkinson’s for over 30 years before his death, and Ferguson lives with an atypical form of Parkinson’s called Multiple System Atrophy.
During the development of this exhibition, Maier and Ferguson have sought connection beyond their community in Western Montana and included stories and voices from around the world. As a result, the Tree of Resilience has inspired people from 19 countries to share how their lives have been touched by Parkinson’s. Their words and photographs are featured in 16 photographic portraits, paired with personal stories, thousands of quotes, one on each leaf of the tree, and a video presentation.